Electric atmosphere at MECUF opening


Thousands of arts enthusiasts yesterday thronged Murewa Culture Centre for the official opening of this year’s edition of the Mashonaland East Arts and Cultural Festival (MECUF) that is being held in three towns across the province.


MECUF is running concurrently with the jerusarema/mbende festival that is the attraction force in Murewa.

Over 20 primary schools took part in the jerusarema/mbende competitions, while adult groups performed between intervals.

By 11am, the venue in Murewa was packed with people keen to partake in the festivities.

Festival organiser, Cuthbert Maziwa said this year’s edition recorded the highest crowd ever.

“MECUF is growing each year and I am happy that the locals are now appreciating the value of arts and culture,” he said.

“The response from both participants and the community is overwhelming and we are looking forward to a fruitful week.”

Several government officials, as well as National Arts Council of Zimbabwe deputy director, Nicholas Moyo, and auditor and compliance manager, Isaac Chitando, attended the official opening, together with local traditional leaders, led by Chief Mangwende.

There were displays of artefacts by local and visiting artistes, including sculptures, clothing, paintings and culinary arts.

Chibuku Neshamwari traditional dance winners, Ngoma Dzepasi and Makarekare dance groups spiced up the event.